June 26, 2023

For immediate release
Contact: Sheila Storm, (520) 405-1181

Picnic at the Dam

Family rates offered on Bear Canyon shuttle to Sabino Canyon Dam 

Looking for a shady spot this summer to enjoy a family gathering outdoors? Pack your cooler and picnic supplies and grab a ride on the Bear Canyon shuttle to enjoy the cool shade of the trees and nearby pools beneath the Sabino Canyon Dam. 

Starting July 1 through Oct. 14, the Regional Partnering Center will offer $15 family rates (for up to six people) on the Bear Canyon shuttle in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area between 9:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. during the warm summer months to picnic goers.

Family tickets may be purchased at The following rules apply: 

Picnic at the Dam – Summer Family Rates 

  • Bear Canyon Shuttle Only 
  • $15 – Rate eligibility is for up to 2 adults over 18 and up to 4 children under 18 (accompanied by at least one adult over 18). 
  • Limited to two picnic items, e.g., a cooler and a basket, per family 

The following safety rules apply*:

  • No propane tanks allowed 
  • No glass containers allowed 
  • No open containers allowed 
*Same safety rules apply year-round for Crawler rides to Sabino Canyon 

The Regional Partnering Center (RPC) owns the Sabino Canyon Crawler shuttle service at the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area in Tucson and oversees its operations. Tucson Electric Power provided funding to purchase electric vehicles and establish the electric Crawler service to Sabino Canyon. RPC also operates shuttle services to Bear Canyon. Total Ride operates the Crawler and shuttle services under contract with RPC. 

The Regional Partnering Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit entity that advances policies, practices and solutions to regional planning, environment and energy challenges in Pima County, was established by Pima Association of Governments and is the owner of the Sabino Canyon Crawler service. PAG is the metropolitan planning organization for transportation, air quality management, water quality and solid-waste planning for the greater Tucson region.


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